Exercise may improve vision

Alan Wu

October 25, 2011

Scientists find new technique for observing Parkinson's brain cellsStaying active with age can not only reduce a person's chances of developing problems like diabetes or heart conditions, it can also make a senior feel stronger and more relaxed about aging in place. However, a new study also finds that daily exercise could also ward off the development of glaucoma.

Published in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, the study looked to see what relationship exercise has with the development of low ocular perfusion pressure (OPP) – a common factor to whether or not a person develops glaucoma.

Scientists looked at 5,650 men and women ages 48 to 90 in the UK who had previously been tested from 1993 to 1997. In the second round of testing, from 2006 to 2010, participants regularly answered questions from self-administered health and lifestyle surveys to record how much activity they performed. 

From the data, researchers found that people who had exercised for 15 years had a 25 percent lower risk of developing OPP.

Having good vision is important for seniors living at home as not seeing well can put them at risk for falls. Installing a medical alert system into a loved ones home is an added security, allowing a person to call for help should they take a tumble.